I just discovered Downton Abbey. Ever heard of it? Funny. :) It's not that I'd never heard of it -- I'd just not had the opportunity to immerse myself in early Edwardian England. Wowsers.
I'm still trying to put my finger on WHY Downton Abbey has become all the rage across television. Even young adult males are enamored with it. Although I can't say the same for my husband who is currently watching bow hunting while I rev up my laptop dvd player to start Season 2 of DA.
Is the dresses? The hats? The castle? The food? The butler? The footman? The lady's maid? The snipey sisters? The snarky grandmother? Ok. The snarky grandmother kills me. I love her.
There's a few things I noticed with Downton Abbey that I find interesting: Virtue was still desired, rank was important even among the servants (who knew there was a service hierarchy?), women really did support their husband's beliefs even if they weren't their own, and love was born out of duty as often as it was just love.
Capturing an era of romance, war, and history. I can't figure out if Downton Abbey is a glorified soap opera or a work of art?
What are your thoughts? Have you succombed to the Downton Abbey drug?